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This would probably rate alongside the star-studded Indian batting line-up from not so long ago as the two best batting line-ups I've seen in my time. The current SA batting attack is pretty gun as well and in the long run, it'd probably make an even bigger name of itself.
The 60's West Indies batting line-up must have been such a treat to the eyes of those who were fortunate enough to have witnessed it from up close. Hunte, Butcher, Kanhai, Nurse and Sobers were all such flairy, entertaining and gifted batsmen that they could make batting look as easy as spreading butter on your toast.
Stands out from my childhood. Thought they were all so cool.
Turned out not to be test matches but the Rest of the World xi top and middle order - all of whom played all 5 matches - from 1970 wasn't too shabby...
+ Mushtaq Mohammad played a couple of matches and presumably pushed Procter down to 8 or 9 depending on whether the keeper came in first. England did well to keep that series relatively competitive.
England line-up that played when Hutton made his 364 is quite handy.
My initial thought was:
I don't really know if that top 6 ever played together and can't be arsed to look.
West Indies in 1950 was pretty good
is only five as the sixth batsman, Christiani, had a poor series but Gerry Gomez averaged more than 40 as well from seven in the order
Hutton* | Hobbs | Bradman | Richards^ | Tendulkar | Sobers5^ | Gilchrist+ | Khan3 | Marshall1 | Warne4^ | McGrath2
Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
Greenidge | Richards^ | Ponting^ | Pollock | Hammond^ | Worrell5* | Waite+ | Akram3 | Steyn1 | Holding2 | O'Reilly4
Morris | Simpson^ | Sangakkara | Weekes^ | Border*^ | Walcott+ | Faulkner5 | Laker4 | Trueman1 | Garner3 | Donald2
Even in the autumn of their careers that West Indies side oozed menace both with bat and ball. Destructive strikers who could rapidly take a game away from you, backed up by bowling that combined elite level skill with constant stress and more than a little intimidation.
In absolute terms, the Australian line-up captained by Steve probably had the best depth of batting that I could remember. Finally getting them five down and seeing Gilchrist walk out shooting from the hip must be a demoralising experience.
Interestingly, the best New Zealand lineup I have seen went to England in 2004 and just didn't fire as a unit:
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
The 1983 NZ line-up may have been Kiwis strongest;
01. Glenn Turner
02. John Wright
03. Geoff Howarth
04. Martin Crowe
05. Bruce Edgar
06. Jeremy Coney
07. Richard Hadlee
08. Lance Cairns
09. Warren Lees
10. John Bracewell
11. Ewen Chatfield
Barnes in this match revealed himself once more as one of the most remarkable bowlers that this country has ever produced. He has a positively wonderful command of the leg break.... His great height makes it difficult for the batsman to follow the flight of the ball. He is useful on every kind of wicket, whereas few bowlers of his pace are able to bowl on a sticky wicket. - JACK HOBBS, 'My Cricket Memories' (1924)
This one isn't bad:
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